Bob Renaut Blog No. 4

Hi, Jean and Wendy here again with some more of Bob’s photographs. We hope you’ve enjoyed the ones that have featured so far, and that some of you may have even recognised yourselves (to catch-up on our previous Renaut blogs, click here – link opens in a new window).

Apart from photos taken in and around South Tyneside College, where he taught art and photography, Bob was also keen on recording the atmospheric and changing scenery around the River Tyne.

This first photo is of fishing boats and smaller ketches, moored at what was a busy North Shields fish quay.

boats moored at North Shields fish quay, 1970s

Boats moored at North Shields fish quay, 1970s. TWCMS : 2011.174

Bob has captured the day-to-day working surroundings of the fish quay, as you can see by this dilapidated looking shed with the name ‘Jim Dishman’ above the doorway.

A hard environment which probably hadn’t changed in many years.

shed at North Shields fish quay with ‘Jim Dishman’ painted above the door, 1970s

Shed at North Shields fish quay with ‘Jim Dishman’ painted above the door, 1970s. TWCMS : 2011.177

This photo shows the inside of the sheds where men and women cleaned and gutted the fish in very basic conditions; we think the picture speaks for itself.

cleaning and gutting fish at North Shields fish quay, 1970s

Cleaning and gutting fish at North Shields fish quay, 1970s. TWCMS : 2011.180

This shot shows how busy the river was when Bob was recording it in the 1970s. There are cranes in the background, and large ships and tugs docked to the left. But the boat in the centre still has sails and its fishing nets can be seen packed onto the deck. We think the capstans and ropes in the foreground are beautiful. Does anyone know if they are still there?

river tyne, 1970s

River Tyne scene, 1970s. TWCMS : 2011.173

Below is an industrial scene of the River Tyne, with cranes and ships in dock – a common sight in the 1970s which is today, sadly, no more. Don’t you agree it’s a nicely lit photo, with the birds contrasting against the water? We wonder, is that an old Robin Reliant car on the jetty?

industrial scene of the River Tyne, with cranes and ships in dock, 1970s

Industrial scene of the River Tyne, with cranes and ships in dock, 1970s. TWCMS : 2011.168

Our next blog will cover Bob’s busy sporting life, which included bowling, skiing and especially golf.

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